To The Daily Sun,
I want to start off by thanking Michael Kitch for conducting an investigation into the condition of Prescott Park and putting a piece in the paper. I am glad there is some light being shed on the matter.
I do want to point out that I meant no disrespect to any individual, which is why I was surprised to see my concerns answered with sarcastic and disrespectful remarks in the paper from our town manager, specifically pointing out that the NBA will not be playing in our park. My concern is that not even the citizens of the town want to play in the park.
There are a few things in the article that I would like to address. First, I am puzzled by the fact that the town manager walked through the park and didn't find it to be in disrepair. I wonder if that could be due to the fact that he walked the park "on a rainy night." I walked the park on the morning the article was published (Wednesday the 19th) and had a very different experience.
For starters, I noticed the sign on the skate park stating that the park is open through Oct. 30, opposed to Mr. Warren's claim that the park has been closed for the season. I also fail to see why the fact that the equipment is painted every spring is relevant in the overall poor and unsafe conditions. I am reminded of the old adage, "you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig."
Most importantly, I would like to remind everyone that the skate park is a memorial to a passed member of our community to provide a place for the youth. Allowing the park to deteriorate as it has is entirely disrespectful to his memory.
Also, when I walked through the playground I saw trash and cigarette butts littered all around. The swing set only has two swings (made for four) and as you can see in the pictures provided in Wednesday's article, I wouldn't trust the two swings that are there. The slide that is clearly not safe for use; it does have a gate across the top, but anyone who has ever been a child knows that any child will simply climb the slide from the bottom. Why not just remove the slide if it is unsafe for use?
There is also an exposed outlet in the playground which also concerns me, whether it has active power or not. I took pictures of all of this.
On the other hand, I will say I am happy that the park has been mowed and actually weed whacked since my first letter, and that new lines have been painted in the parking lot.
Although I think there is much more to be done, it is a start, and for that I am grateful. I do not expect everything to be rectified overnight, and understand this will take some time and patience.
I would once again like to thank all of those who have expressed their support to me. I ask that all of those people take the time to go public with their support via letters in the paper, or attending the next selectmen's meeting to voice our concerns as a community. The government is supposed to serve its community, and I think it is time to remind our government of that fact.